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Union Sheet Metal Workers are responsible for all sheet metal on commercial and residential buildings including the fabrication, installation and maintenance of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, as well as gutters, metal roofing, siding, and food service equipment. Architectural sheet metal workers fabricate and install brass, copper, aluminum and stainless steel ornamentation, columns, skylights, signs and metal ceilings.


Length60 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for employee and
dependants, pension, vacation immediately; college
credit as courses are completed
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduate, GED or equivalent
Physical requirementsMust be able to perform physical tasks and
activities related to trade
Additional requirementsPass drug screen prior to employment
DMV printout
Proof of being 18 years of age
or older at the time of the pre-qualifying test
Written or oral entry examsWritten entrance exam, includes math
Subjects studied by ApprenticesTrades Math
Welding and Soldering
Tools and Equipment Trade Orientation
Orientation to Green Construction Practices
Pattern Development & Drafting
Plans & Specifications,
Codes & Standards
California Mechanical Code,
LEED Awareness, Title 24 and SMACNA standards
Test, Balance, Service and Repair, Energy Costs and
Efficient HVAC Systems
Principles of Air Flow and
Efficient Duct Design
Fasteners - Hangers/Seismic Requirements
Current Fabrication/Installation Methods and
Materials Principles of Supervision


Contact: Northern California Valley Sheet Metal Industry JATC. 3665 Bleckely Street, Mather, CA 95655. Ako Monteiro.

Applications: Second Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm at above address, doors open at 12:45, must take a pre-qualifying test and pass with a score of 70% or better, All applicants who have successfully passed the test and meet all other requirements will be able to seek employment. A list of sponsoring shops will be available for all qualified applicants. All applicants start out as a pre-apprentice, and will not attend any apprentice classes until your employer can sponsor you and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) indentures (accepts) you into the Apprenticeship Program.

How do new apprentices get their first job? Applicants must seek their own employment from participating employers, after meeting the qualifications to enter the apprenticeship program.

Additional information: Northern California Valley Sheet Metal Industry JATC, Heating and Air Conditioning Training Center.